The Canada Red Chokecherry tree typically reaches 20 to 30 feet tall with a slightly narrower spread. Its growth habit is generally upright and spreading, creating an elegant silhouette in the landscape.
What truly sets the Canada Red Chokecherry is its foliage. It starts with vivid green leaves that gradually transform into burgundy or dark purple hues during the summer. This foliage spectacle makes it an excellent choice for adding visual interest to gardens and yards.
In the late spring to early summer, delicate clusters of white flowers bloom on the Canada Red Chokecherry, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. These blossoms eventually give way to small, dark purple to black fruits known as “chokecherries,” which can be used in creating delicious jams, jellies, and syrups.
This tree thrives in various soil types, including clay and loam, but it is intolerant of wet soils. It’s relatively low-maintenance.